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At least 3 people were wounded in a shooting outside Nationals Park

A fan outside of the stadium was one of three people wounded, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.
CNN journalists inside the stadium reported hearing multiple loud bangs during the bottom of the 6th inning in a game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres.
Fans fled their seats and sought shelter after hearing the gunfire. Benedict said there ultimately was no threat to people inside the stadium.
“I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any kind of danger. This was not an active shooter incident and it’s not being investigated as such. Everything took place outside the stadium,” he said.
Fans leave their seats as a shooting took place outside Nationals Park during an MLB game in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2021.
Benedict told reporters that two vehicles were involved in a “shootout” on a street outside of the stadium during the game. Police recovered one of the vehicles but the other remains at-large.
The two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with the recovered vehicle and are now in the hospital being questioned by police, according to Benedict. It’s unclear what their exact involvement was in the incident. Benedict also said those individuals were known to law enforcement.
The fan who was shot, a woman, is expected to recover, Benedict said. Police initially said in statements posted on Twitter that four people were shot.
The Washington Nationals had fans shelter-in-place inside the stadium during the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, according to Scott Fear, vice president for public safety and security for the Washington Nationals. A message on the scoreboard shortly after the shooting told fans to remain inside the baseball park, but it was later updated to say it was safe for fans to leave the stadium.
Fans take cover after apparent gun shots were heard during the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park.
“We held shelter in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. At that time we said fans were allowed, not that they had to, but they were allowed to exit through Center Field Gates and Right Field Gates on the other side of the stadium, because MPD had let me know that it was safe enough that they could go outside, out of the gate that way,” said Fear.
The remainder of the game was suspended until Sunday afternoon, the Nationals said on Twitter.
“The suspended game will resume beginning at 1:05 PM ET and be completed as a nine-inning regulation game,” the team said.
Game 3 of the Nationals-Padres series that was originally scheduled to begin at the same time Sunday but will instead be played at the conclusion of the suspended game, the team said.
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. posted on Twitter his appreciation for those who responded to the shooting.
“Hope everyone is safe! Just keep the prayers up thank you everyone that help in the front line! God bless,” he said.

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Nationals Park shooting: Panic as four injured outside baseball stadium in Washington DC

Mobile phone footage shared on Twitter shows nervous crowd members listening to instructions over the loudspeaker. They are told: “The action is outside the stadium.

“At this time we ask that you remain in the stadium.”

Separate footage, taken from an adjacent roof, shows dozens of people running away from the arena.

Police said shots were fired outside the stadium, near the third base gate, at 9.30pm EST on Saturday (1.30am GMT Sunday) as the Nationals faced San Diego Padres.

The game was brought to a halt and will resume at 12.05pm EST on Sunday (5.05pm GMT).

DC Police Department said in a statement: “PD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people where shot outside of Nationals Park.

“This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time.

“Two additional victims associated with this incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. MPD is on scene and actively investigating at this time.

“As a result of the shooting incident, tonight’s game has been suspended.”

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Hot Franchise Concept, Little Kitchen Academy, to Open in Portland, First of 33 Locations to Open in Oregon & Washington

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Students cooking in chef coats in Little Kitchen Academy

Changing Lives From Scratch

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Little Kitchen Academy Founder, Felicity Curin

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Iron Chef Cat Cora & LKA Founder, Felicity Curin

LKA Area Rep and Philanthropist Michael Silver to Donate All His Proceeds to Charity

We are proud of what we have developed and can’t wait to see it continue to impact more communities around the world as we find more great franchisees and development partners.”

— Brian Curin, CEO and co-founder

PORTLAND, ORE, USA, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Families in Portland will be the next to experience one of the most exciting new concepts, Little Kitchen Academy (LKA), the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen, endorsed by Iron Chef Cat Cora. Despite a pandemic, the two-year-old concept out of British Columbia has inked deals with multi-unit franchisees and area representatives to open more than 70 locations, including 33 in Oregon and Washington with business executive and philanthropist Michael Silver. The Portland location will be the company’s first franchise to open in the U.S. LKA will open its first U.S. location (corporate-owned) in Los Angeles in August, following franchise openings in the greater Toronto and Vancouver areas in July. Little Kitchen Academy is committed to find like-minded franchisees and development partners to open 423 locations worldwide by the end of 2025.

The first Portland area Little Kitchen Academy is slated to open in one of Portland’s premier lifestyle centers with an expected opening date of winter 2021.

The quickly growing concept was founded by Montessori-trained culinary innovator Felicity Curin; her husband, proven global brand and franchise expert and serial entrepreneur Brian Curin; and social impact investor and entrepreneur, Praveen Varshney to provide a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses. Upon learning about the concept, Iron Chef Cat Cora signed on as a global brand ambassador, advisor, and honorary head of recipe development.

“We are so excited to bring Little Kitchen Academy to more children in the Pacific Northwest, first in Portland and then across Oregon and Washington, because we see the impact we are having on our students, their families, and the community every day,” said Felicity Curin, founder, president, and COO of Little Kitchen Academy. “When children enter our kitchen and put on their chef coat, they stand a little bit taller. We see them transform in front of our eyes! It’s so inspiring to watch the overwhelming joy and pride our students feel at the end of class when their parents or caregivers come to pick them up and they get to show off the meal they made from scratch and apply at home many of the practical life skills they’ve developed with us.”

Michael Silver signed on early to be the area representative for Oregon and Washington, two of just 11 U.S. states targeted to initially open the Canadian concept in the U.S. He will oversee 33 franchise locations. Silver is an accomplished business executive (owner and CEO of several companies, including Audio High, one of the leading home and corporate theater companies) and founder of two charitable foundations known as Silver Linings. For Michael, this is more than just an exciting business opportunity, as he has chosen to donate all proceeds from his Little Kitchen Academy operations to charity. Silver has training in business, music, and the culinary arts (trained at the Culinary Institute of America). Earlier in his career he worked as a software engineering manager and has managed projects and written code for corporate giants such as Apple, Google, AOL, CompuServe, General Electric, NASA, and others.

“It was easy to see how getting in early with Little Kitchen Academy to help the company find franchisees to bring 33 locations to Washington and Oregon could only help more local communities to flourish. Little Kitchen Academy’s mission is a nice fit with our mission at Silver Linings, where we fund programs that improve the lives of children. Besides teaching food exploration and meal creation, it is wonderful to see the development of decision-making skills and the resulting self-esteem, independence, and pride students gain from their efforts. We see this as such a wonderful business and opportunity to bring to children in the Pacific Northwest and through the Silver Linings Foundation,” said Michael Silver, CEO of Audio High and founder of Silver Linings.

“We could not be more delighted to have an amazing partner like Michael Silver joining us on our journey of changing lives from scratch by bringing the LKA experience to Oregon and Washington,” said Brian Curin, co-founder and CEO of Little Kitchen Academy. “We are proud of what we have developed and can’t wait to see it continue to impact more communities around the world as we find more great franchisees and development partners.”

“Little Kitchen Academy is so important to me. When I first met Brian and Felicity and learned about the concept, I immediately knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of. When I experienced a class and saw how empowered and independent the students were in the kitchen in response to the caring Montessori-inspired approach, I was certain that we had to share this incredible gift with as many children as possible,” said Cat Cora. “As a mother, I was drawn to and am completely aligned with the unique curriculum and food philosophy. There’s never been a time when a program like this was more needed than now.” Cora has served as a key advisor to the company since opening its doors in June 2019. (Hear why Cora wanted to be a part of changing lives from scratch with LKA at: https://youtu.be/b-zR6Lcltxs)

Seasonal Sessions Year-round

Seasonal sessions run year-round and are organized by age group (ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+ years old). Students experience a three-hour class once a week during the school year or over five consecutive days during Summer, Winter, & Spring breaks. In each class students learn how to make healthy, delicious, and seasonal meals from scratch to consumption—all while experimenting with math and science concepts, working on their reading skills, and polishing up their table manners by sharing meals around the LKA community table (made with more than 33,00 recycled chopsticks). Sessions are limited to just 10 students and are overseen by three instructors. The curriculum focuses on seasonal, locally grown, and organic produce and ingredients, and students enjoy the fruits of their labor for a “scratch to consumption” experience at the end of each lesson. All students are welcome in this fully inclusive program, including those with learning or other disabilities. The program, which is nut, meat, poultry, and seafood free, also can accommodate those with gluten, dairy, or other allergies.

The Montessori Approach

LKA’s Montessori-inspired environment is organized to support the growth and development of each child. Instructors show the students how to safely use tools, but step back to closely observe the independent work, only stepping in when deemed appropriate. This approach enables students to learn at their own pace while they acquire practical life skills that foster independence, confidence, and socialization. LKA further empowers students to make better food choices, to apply age-appropriate math and science skills in real-world settings, and embrace practices such as recycling, composting, and the concept of philanthropy in order to make positive, socially conscious contributions to the world through its recently announced global philanthropic initiative “How Can I Help,” which empowers students to learn about giving back and making a difference by putting the choice in their hands to support one of three notable causes. Learn more about LKA’s innovative philanthropic program: https://littlekitchenacademy.com/how-can-i-help/

The Inspiration and Trajectory

LKA is the brain trust of Founder Felicity Curin, a mother of three, who combined three of her life-long passions: cooking, education, and children. She is a trained chef who began her career at Earls Restaurants, a Canadian-based upscale eatery chain. She also is the daughter of the founding headmaster of the prestigious West Point Grey Academy and took her natural ability to teach and love for children to the classroom by getting her (AMI) Association Montessori Internationale teaching degree. The idea for Little Kitchen Academy was born in 2018 and Felicity opened her first location in June 2019. Her husband and co-founder, Brian Curin, quickly developed the brand and franchise model, secured the company’s early investors and advisors, and set out to secure global partners and the first multi-unit franchisees and development partners. Two locations in Canada are opening this July: LKA South Surrey (Greater Vancouver, BC) on July 12th and LKA Oakville (Greater Toronto, ON) on July 17th. At least six new locations will open in 2021 with the first U.S. location being Los Angeles and the second (and first franchise location) being Portland.

Little Kitchen Academy is currently seeking like-minded multi-unit franchisees and development partners based exclusively in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MS, NC, OR, TX, WA, and WI. Internationally, LKA is focused on expanding further into Canada in AB, select markets in BC, and ON, as well as Australia, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, MENA region, Singapore, Spain, and the U.K.

The Signature Environment
The Portland Little Kitchen Academy will feature the brand’s signature innovative and modern design and include 10 individual cooking stations (a.k.a. Little Kitchens); a handwashing station; a living food wall powered by AeroGarden for students to grow and harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs for use in their creations; the LKA Community Table made by ChopValue from more than 33,000 recycled chopsticks; a stocked pantry and refrigeration system for the children to gather their ingredients; laundry facilities for the little chef coats; an educational recycling and composting area; and restrooms. Each of the 10 individual cooking stations includes an oven, induction cooktop, sink, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, prep table, mixer, and all the equipment and utensils needed to make the “from scratch” creations including vegetable peelers, rolling pins, measuring spoons, and colanders, which are meticulously kept, cleaned, and commercially sanitized between each class.

About Little Kitchen Academy

Little Kitchen Academy (LKA) is the key ingredient for an independent child. The first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen is focused on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop and refine their senses. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the concept was co-founded by proven global brand and franchise expert and serial entrepreneur Brian Curin, his wife, Montessori-trained, culinary expert and visionary Felicity Curin, and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney, on the belief that by empowering children with practical life skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, they and their company will effect positive lifestyle changes that result in a healthier world. True to its mission, LKA lives to create a more educated, able, and healthy society through mindful, healthy eating choices, and is committed to changing lives, from scratch to consumption. Part of that mission includes empowering students to learn how they can make the world a better place through How Can I Help by Little Kitchen Academy, LKA’s signature philanthropic program, supporting Chefs for Humanity, The Global FoodBanking Network, Kids Help Phone, and PHIT America. In addition to charitable partnerships, LKA has forged strategic global brand partnerships with Iron Chef Cat Cora, AeroGarden, BIRKENSTOCK, ChefWorks, Emeco, ChopValue, Welcome Industries, Location3, and PRISE Inc. Little Kitchen Academy’s flagship venues are located in Vancouver, BC and Los Angeles, CA.

For a taste of Little Kitchen Academy, visit littlekitchenacademy.com or join its communities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Betsy DeVos left Washington 5 months ago. Her legacy is alive and well.

The Education Department in June held a weeklong hearing to begin dismantling DeVos’ regulation on how schools must handle reports of sexual misconduct. It also made its mark on civics education by rejecting former President Donald Trump’s demands for promoting a rosier view of American history and “patriotic” education, by praising The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, which Trump has called “toxic propaganda.” Talk of school choice, a topic that DeVos championed throughout her tenure, has also been placed on the back burner.

“It’s not a surprise that the Biden Education Department is doing precisely what they promised in the campaign, which is trying to undo just about everything that their predecessor did,” said Jeanne Allen, founder of the Center for Education Reform, which advocates for school choice.

Paxton is defending DeVos’ Title IX rule from a barrage of lawsuits, while Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signed a law creating the “1836 Project,” a reference to the year Texas declared independence from Mexico. Trump’s 1776 Commission, a panel he created after last summer’s civil unrest as a counterpoint to the 1619 Project’s emphasis on American slavery, is still meeting despite being disbanded by President Joe Biden in January. New parents groups are also pushing back on civics education that highlights systemic racism.

West Virginia became the latest state to expand its charter school system. And pandemic-spurred public school closures created the “clearest case I’ve seen for school choice in our lifetime,” Scott said in an address to rebut Biden’s first address to Congress.

“Those of us who’ve worked through all different administrations appreciate when the states step up and take their rightful position, making sure parents are put ahead of bureaucracies,” Allen said.

Here are three policy areas where DeVos’ supporters are hoisting the biggest defenses:

Civics — Larry Arnn and Parents Defending Education

The resurrected 1776 Commission, led by Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, held its first post-election meeting last month with a focus on civic education curricula.

The group has commended conservative states that have turned their attention toward developing “a genuine civics education that will rebuild our common bonds, our mutual friendship and our civic devotion.” The commission is still drawing up a curriculum designed in the “true spirit of 1776.”

Arnn’s group is also urging parents who believe in their cause to run for school board and vote in those elections.

“There is no more powerful force than parents’ love for their children, and this restoration will depend on mothers and fathers demanding that their children are no longer taught false narratives or fed hateful lies about our country,” the commission said.

At least one group of parents has rallied to the 1776 cause: Parents Defending Education.

Led by Nicole Neily, who also serves as president of national campus free speech organization Speech First, Parents Defending Education has been filing complaints against public school systems with the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. They have targeted school groups for minority students as promoting racial segregation and anti-racist actions taken by schools.

The group filed a complaint against Ohio’s Columbus City Schools in May, after it admitted in April 2021 that “Systemic racism … has existed for 175 years within the Columbus City Schools education system.” Parents Defending Education said in a statement that the admission of systemic racism “raises questions as to why Columbus City Schools continues to receive federal funds since discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

The complaint is similar to an Education Department probe launched under DeVos into Princeton University last summer after the school’s president said students there face “systematic racism” and that racism is “embedded” in the structures of the university.

“Parents Defending Education’s work is nonpartisan,” the group said in a statement. “We oppose discrimination in America’s schools, period. If the Education Department adopts policies frustrating that ideal, we will continue to speak up, submit comments, and pursue the appropriate remedies to protect parents’ and students’ rights.”

Title IX and gender — Texas Republicans

Paxton, the Texas AG, has been trying to mount a legal defense of the Trump administration’s Title IX sexual misconduct rules, but last month a federal judge dismissed his request to intervene in a lawsuit. He argued in a brief that the Education Department’s latest Title IX review announced in April was a threat to the rule and that the Biden administration is “openly hostile to the Final Rule,” making the department unfit to defend the rule in court.

“The new administration has taken early steps towards the Final Rule’s repeal,” Paxton wrote. “In light of these actions, Texas cannot entrust the defense of its protectable interest to the Department.”

It’s unclear whether Texas will be able to intervene in the lawsuit.

Texas and other states are continuing DeVos’ efforts to bar transgender students from women’s sports teams and strip those students of discrimination protection under Title IX.

This year, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Florida have passed laws to bar transgender female students from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity.

In 2017, DeVos revoked Obama-era guidance that protected transgender students under Title IX. Her agency later backed a high-profile lawsuit that threatened Connecticut’s sports authority and school boards with legal action or a loss of funding because it determined the transgender athlete policy violated Title IX.

School choice — the Center for Education Reform

Scott, a staunch supporter of school choice, made a strong case for the DeVos-era policy agenda item in his rebuttal to Biden’s first address to Congress in April.

“I’m saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a single day,” he said. “Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries’ did. Private and religious schools did.”

A survey released by the American Federation for Children, which DeVos led before joining the Trump administration, in January found that 72 percent of K-12 parents who work full-time support school choice, and 79 percent support Education Freedom Scholarship legislation.

The freedom scholarship measure, a favorite of DeVos, aimed to provide federal tax credits for donations to scholarship-granting organizations to pay for students to attend private schools or expand their public education options.

School choice has not been a hot debate topic in Congress like it was when DeVos was in office. But Allen said it is by no means an indication that support for charter schools and choice are dwindling — even with the Education Department’s “negativity.”

“The efforts that are ongoing at the department are attempts to not just reduce program funding, but to try to put what I’d call poison pills in regulatory language and guidance — push Departments of Education to be harder on who gets approved and doesn’t,” she said in an interview, adding that “states have been adopting and expanding their own programs.”

This year West Virginia and Iowa have moved to allow charter school expansion in their states. Other states like Tennessee are also looking to bolster their charter schools programs.

“Parents are more activated than ever before,” she said. “I like to say just like it shouldn’t have taken a hurricane to turn around New Orleans, it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic to wake up families and the public, but that’s precisely what happened.”

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Elvis Presley’s ex-lover claims The King was in Washington DC to see her not Nixon – WATCH

On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley managed to arrange a meeting with President Richard Nixon in The White House’s Oval Office. The King was concerned with the youth culture of the day and wanted to offer his help. But did you know his former lover Joyce Bova claims Elvis was primarily in Washington DC to see her?

While Elvis was married to Priscilla Presley, Joyce claims she had a romantic relationship with The King from 1969 to 1972 as recounted in her recently updated book Don’t Ask Forever – My Love Affair with Elvis.

Speaking with Elvis Presley expert Billy Stallings Spa Guy in the video below, Joyce said: “The one about Nixon makes me wild because Elvis was here to see me not Nixon!

“I wrote [the book] as my little tribute to Elvis because he was an amazing human being as everyone knows.

“And it’s just my little part…just a couple years, three years. The lies that have been told around me have been really hurtful all these years but I keep a low profile.”

Joyce was 24 when she met Elvis while working for the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

The two hit it off in Las Vegas back in 1969 and she even claims she was pregnant with The King’s child at one point.

As for Elvis travelling to DC in December 1970, Joyce says that the star had come to find her after they had a nasty argument in Las Vegas, while meeting Nixon was an afterthought.

On December 30, she was with The King when he stopped off at a donut shop in the US capital – a story that has been reimagined by Michael Shannon in the movie Elvis and Nixon.

Joyce continued: “We drove in and they saw that it was Elvis in the limousine…they weren’t blacked out windows back then.

“They went absolutely crazy, they loved him and he loved them and he was having a wonderful time.

“Ben [the limo driver] went in and got the donuts and Elvis got out and then Sonny followed right behind getting a little nervous to make sure everything was going to be okay. And Janice and I both stayed in the limousine with the windows rolled down; listening to everything and having a good time.”

Today, the donut shop is gone and a Kentucky Fried Chicken replaced it on Bladensburg Road at New York Avenue.

Joyce’s tell-all book synopsis includes: “Within the pages of her book she details what life was like with the superstar and the ‘man’, describing the ups and downs (literally), mood swings, medical problems and exhilarating, heart-pounding performances in Vegas and on tour.

“She recounts the truth behind the Presley/Nixon meeting in December 1970 and the fact that Elvis was in D.C. to find her after a nasty argument in Vegas, and that Nixon was an afterthought.

“Don’t Ask Forever tells about life at Graceland, the antics of the Memphis Mafia and, finally, Joyce’s realization that Presley had fallen victim to prescription drugs.

“You will laugh and cry at Joyce’s candid and revealing story. It is an intimate but vivid portrait of the “brightest star that will continue to shine forever”. A must read for every Elvis fan.”

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‘How about the Washington WhoGivesASh*ts?’: NFL fans react as ‘Demon Cats’ floated as new name for Washington Football Team

The team formerly known as the Washington Redskins have provoked howls of derision from NFL fans after they released a shortlist of potential new names which include ‘Icons’, ‘Renegades’ and more bizarrely, the ‘Demon Cats’.

The Washington franchise has been operating under the magnificently uninventive ‘Washington Football Team’ moniker since dropping their decades-old Redskins name after it was deemed racially insensitive before the start of last season, as the NFL seemingly embraced cancel culture with open arms.
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The term ‘Redskin’ was considered as a derogatory term towards Native Americans but the franchise had long resisted any calls for a more ‘woke’ nickname until the wave of ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests last term prompted one of the team’s primary sponsors, FedEx Corp, to pile pressure on team ownership to make a change.

The team soon announced that they would compete under the vanilla ‘Football Team’ name for at least one season, but it seems that the winds of change are in the air in Washington after they distributed a list of potential new team names to season-ticket holders in a bid to generate feedback – and one of those in particular has caused quite a kerfuffle amongst the fanbase.

Yes, the Demon Cats. What exactly is a Demon Cat? Frankly, we have no idea other than to say that it is certainly not a wild animal native to the rolling hills of Washington DC. 

But while some of the other suggestions have an air of respectability about them – ‘Aces’, ‘Guardians’ and ‘Royals’ among them – the potential of a their being a professional team of Demon Cats out on the gridiron next season has set some fans’ pulses racing.

If I’m not rooting for the Washington Demon Cats by this time next year something has gone terribly wrong,” argued one commenter, while another summed up the entire name change drama as such: “How about Washington WhoGivesASh*ts?

Please be the Demon Cats because it’s so stupid,” said another, giving their blessing to the unconventional nickname. 

As for how ‘Demon Cats’ even became a possibility, it is almost certainly down to someone in the Washington team’s marketing department trying to come up with the most impressive sounding words to tie in with the ‘DC’ in Washington DC, but if they wanted to maintain the link with the city after which they are named there might be a few more possibiliities.

The Washington Presidents, perhaps? Or maybe even the Washington Bureaucrats?

But if they really wanted to embrace the controversial, there is really one one option: The Washington Capitol Rioters.
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World War I Memorial in Washington Raises First Flag After Years of Wrangling

WASHINGTON — Memorials to the war dead of the 20th century are among the central attractions in the nation’s capital. So it has always been notable that one of the most consequential American conflicts, World War I, lacked national recognition.

Now, as the United States withdraws from its longest war, a memorial that recognizes one of its most complicated ones officially opens in Washington on Friday, after years of tangling among preservationists, urban planners, federal officials and the commission that realized its creation.

The first flag will be raised at the memorial in Pershing Park, near the White House — rather than along the National Mall, where many supporters had envisioned — on a spot once used for ice skating, cocoa sipping and midday sandwich nibbling by hurried office workers who sat under the crepe myrtles. Fights over the memorial’s location, accuracy and scale have been part of its journey.

“Our objective was to build a memorial that would stand shoulder to shoulder with other monuments and elevate World War I in the American consciousness,” said Edwin L. Fountain, the vice chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission, “at the same time recognizing that unlike those memorials, this has to be a memorial and an urban park.”

The only original nod to the war in the park, a statute of Gen. John J. Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe, will remain at the edge of the space. But the memorial’s central focus is a large wall that will hold its final feature: a 58-foot bronze sculpture that is either a bold testament to the significance of the mission or a detraction from its natural setting, depending on the point of view.

The design, restoration of the original park and construction of the new memorial will cost $ 42 million; the commission has $ 1.4 million left to raise.

The sculpture, “A Soldier’s Journey,” tells the story of one American’s path from reluctant service member to returned war hero through a series of scenes featuring 38 figures. They are meant to convey the story of the country’s transformation from an isolationist to a leader on the world stage, with a final visual reference to the next big war. The piece has had its own journey from New York to New Zealand to the Cotswolds in England, one involving live models in period dress and thousands of iPhone photographs and other technology to capture the models in movement.

Critics — many of whom fought Mr. Fountain’s concept with every tactic available — say the structure falls short in marrying a historically significant park with a big-dream memorial.

“The real question is: Did the memorial leverage the power of place in which it now resides?” said Charles A. Birnbaum, the president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, who tried to have the park added to the National Register of Historic Places, which trimmed the memorial planners’ large-scale plans. “Did it succeed in integrating itself in a place in a federal city that is unique in having to serve tourists and residents?”

The park, which was designed by M. Paul Friedberg, a prominent landscape architect, and built in 1981, had fallen into disrepair by the time ground broke for the memorial in 2017. A popular ice rink closed in 2006 because of mechanical issues and never reopened; its nooks and crannies were littered with garbage and pigeons that favored eating it.

It was, admittedly, no one’s first pick for a memorial site. Disputes of a very Washington nature engulfed the efforts.

Representative Ted Poe, Republican of Texas, tried for years to expand the memorial effort on the National Mall before he retired. Congress considered transforming the District of Columbia War Memorial, at the end of the mall, into a national monument. Washington officials fiercely opposed this, as did lawmakers from Missouri, who did not want competition for the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. The Interior Department was also not keen on the project.

In 2014, Congress decided on Pershing Park. In 2016, Joseph Weishaar, a 25-year-old architect, and Sabin Howard, a classicist sculptor in New York, were chosen to create the giant sculpture after winning a design competition.

“I was doing very myopic, classical male figurative sculpture derived from Hellenistic art,” Mr. Howard said. “Neither one of us was ready. It is just insanity. You are entering into this process that could take away 15 years of your life.”

But given the location of the memorial, the pace moved decidedly faster than those on the National Mall, despite multiple reviews by United States Commission of Fine Arts and other federal agencies.

Mr. Howard began in 2016 by hiring models — as well as his daughter Madeleine, who played the role of the young girl in the sculpture — who dressed in period clothing and acted out battle scenes as he took 12,000 pictures on his iPhone in a studio in the South Bronx. The project continued in New Zealand, where Mr. Howard used special technology to make movie props to create the first mock-up for the commission’s review.

Next, he and his models packed up for the Cotswolds, where he used a special foundry to begin his sculpting work, which is now being completed in his studio in Englewood, N.J.

Mr. Howard said he was conscious of making the sculpture visually engaging but also educational. “My client said, ‘You have to make something that dramatizes World War I in a way in which visitors will want to go home and learn more about it,’” he said.

Accuracy gave way, however, to artistic license. The piece, which depicts Black, Latino and Native American soldiers, blurs the reality. In a meeting with the commission in 2018, Toni Griffin, a member, noted that Black soldiers did not typically fight alongside white soldiers in World War I, as shown, and suggested that “the sculpture should depict the authentic experience,” according to the minutes from the meeting.

While Mr. Howard changed the helmets of the Black troops to reflect that, he said he was unmoved by the broader argument. “You had segregation in the Army ” he said in an interview. “However, on the battlefield, there is no distinction.” As such, even if Black soldiers were depicted in a way that was historically incorrect, he said, “they needed to be treated as equal stature.”

In a notable coincidence, the memorial is opening to visitors during a pandemic not unlike the flu outbreak that killed thousands of troops in the trenches during the war. “Flu was not on my mind,” Mr. Howard said. “What was on my mind was pro-human agency upliftment.”

The memorial is unlikely to quell longstanding criticism that too many monuments in Washington focus on war and death.

“There are stories that have been marginalized that could have been celebrated and sobering stories of the reality of the war experience that could more effectively honor sacrifice,” said Phoebe Lickwar, who was a landscape architect in the early stages of the project. “Instead, we’re presented with a trite narrative and a glorification of battle.”

Jennifer Steinhauer

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Washington mulls digital dollar, sees Chinese e-yuan as potential threat – report

Top US officials are reportedly calling for a hard look at China’s plans for a digital yuan, after raising concerns that the new currency may potentially challenge the greenback as the world’s dominant reserve currency.

Officials at the Treasury, State Department, Pentagon, and National Security Council are currently trying to explore the potential implications of China’s new sovereign digital currency, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
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The presidential administration is reportedly not concerned about the immediate challenge the e-yuan might pose to regulatory frameworks and monetary systems.

However, American officials are worried that the new Chinese currency may be used to bypass US sanctions. Moreover, the government officials would like to know how the digital yuan will be distributed.

Last year, the People’s Bank of China revealed plans to have its sovereign digital currency ready in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics. China became the first country in the world to test such a product on a national level.
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According to the Chinese central bank, the new currency will share some features with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The digital yuan is projected to replace banknotes and coins.

The White House is said not to be planning any measures against the e-yuan, but is highly interested in creating a digital dollar. So far, members of Congress have reportedly asked Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about the issue in hearings earlier this year.

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EU trade chief proposes mutual tariff freeze to Washington to solve Boeing-Airbus brawl – reports

Brussels suggested the EU and its major overseas partner suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six months, EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis told Germany’s main news platform, Der Spiegel.

The measure would go beyond the latest four-month suspension of import duties that the parties agreed in March.

“We have proposed suspending all mutual tariffs for six months in order to reach a negotiated solution. This would create a necessary breathing space for industries and workers on both sides of the Atlantic,” Dombrovskis said.
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Last month, the two transatlantic partners agreed to suspend mutual tariffs that had covered $ 7.5 billion of EU imports of American goods and some $ 4 billion of US products shipped to the bloc. The freeze is set to expire in four months.

The bitter EU-US trade dispute over aerospace subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing dates back to 2004, when Washington challenged European subsidies of Airbus that reportedly had “adverse effects” on the US.

The EU filed a retaliatory complaint against the direct support given to Boeing in the form of regional tax breaks and government grants.
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So far, tit-for-tat duties on various goods have affected nearly $ 50 billion in mutual trade. The list of EU products on which the US imposed taxes came in at $ 25 billion, of which $ 7.5 billion was authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO). In comparison, the EU’s list totaled a mere $ 20 billion, of which the WTO approved $ 3.99 billion.

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Washington will disappear if it loses control of the printing press, investment manager tells Keiser Report

Max Keiser interviews Lawrence Lepard, an independent investment adviser, about inflation and global trade. They discuss the consequences of President Richard Nixon’s decision to take the US dollar off the gold standard in 1971.

That was “a horrible decision,” Lepard says, adding, “To me, so many ills that we face in our society are a function of not having sound money.” According to the investment manager, “It’s a tax that nobody voted for and it’s been horrible for the country.”

Lepard says that “it took an awful long time” but he hopes “the endpoint will come sooner than later and we’ll return to a sound money standard.”

He adds that “Washington is corrupt, if you take away their ability to print money and control the printing press, then Washington is going to disappear. We don’t need them.”

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